Monday, 13 August 2012

OPI James Bond 007 Skyfall collection review and swatches

Of all the big-name collections I've seen so this year, OPI's Skyfall collection would definitely be up top! The colours are a mix of classic sexy reds and purples, and sleek hi-tech metallics. Unlike most previous OPI collections where the names were puns on the theme, these are simply named after Bond films, and two colours were used in the upcoming Skyfall which is set to premiere in November. I have a few swatches for you today.

(Some of you might have seen sneak peeks of these on my Instagram feed already ;) I'm @labmuffin - add me! Especially if you post food pics. I have a Pavlovian impulse to double click any food pic, like the food will then appear in my mouth. Sadly, this is not how Instagram works.)

Onto the swatches:


Die Another Day: this is a fiery bright scarlet, glowing-from-the-inside stunner. The shimmer particles are very fine and makes for a super sexy colour. This one even felt a bit too sexy on my nails, like I should've been wearing a tight gown, or leather. I'm keeping this one for those special occasions. 2 perfectly smooth coats.


Live and Let Die: I can't quite tell what colour this is. In the bottle I'm almost certain it's navy with gold irregular microglitter particles, but on the nail it looks dusty forest green, almost black. It might just be the gold adding some yellow to the blue. It reminds me of China Glaze's very Christmassy Glittering Garland, but bluer. The best thing? It's a perfect, quick-drying one-coater. This swatch is 2 coats, because I couldn't quite believe it.I am completely in love with this one.


The Living Daylights: Glitterbomb, hurray! This is like a muted version of Rainbow Connection from last year's holiday collection. There are only hexes of one size (the same size as the big 'uns in Rainbow Connection) in 4 colours - teal, pastel coral, light gold and silver. Very chic, old-timey, (dare I say it) Instagram-esque colours. Like most chunky glitters, this one works best if you dab it on rather than use regular strokes. This is over Die Another Day:


And over Live and Let Die:



I was a bit iffy on this one... and then I mattified it. INSTANT LOVE.


For some reason, matte glitter is my kryptonite and the muted colours in The Living Daylights just work so well with matte. I'm defiitely going to be trying out lots of combos with this polish!

Overall, I'm very impressed with this collection and compiling a list of what to buy when it's released. The formula is excellent, as I've come to expect with OPI - very user friendly, no streaks, quick and smooth drying.

The collection will be coming out in Australia mid-September - which ones are you going to get?

(These were provided for review -  for more information see Disclosure Policy.)

66 comments:

  1. Live and Let Die plus The Living Daylights! Love the look, especially the way the muted glitters emphasize that golden shimmer. But then matte coated too? *faints from the awesome*

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    1. I KNOW RIGHT. It's been my favourite mani in ages. Matte muted glitter is just so guh!

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  2. ooh i love these! and you are too funny with the food instagram photos :-P

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    1. I think I'm just obsessed with food :( My boyfriend calls me the Eatbeast...

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    1. Oooh aahh indeed! I can't wait to see the other shades in person!

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  4. Gorgeous! Can you think of anything that Die Another Day compares to? It's #1 on my wishlist. :)

    Haha instant food! Someday in the future.. that's how life will work.. see something on tv/online pay and click a button and poof!

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    1. Unforunately I can't. I'll try to look out for a similar shade next time I'm polish shopping. I can't wait for teleportation, weren't we meant to have that already?? :( Sci-fi lies!

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  5. Oh man I want this collection so badly! The minute I saw the red which I agree is so sexy I knew I was done hehe! Gimme!

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    1. I was never really into red nails = sexy until I saw this... it's the fieryness I think! :)

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  6. can't wait to buy the collection when they're out in stores! These are gorgeous! I really love Live and Let Die! It reminds me a bit of DS Mystery, maybe? My favourite so far from the collection is probably On Her Majesty's Secret Service, if you get the chance, get it!!

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    1. I just saw your swatch of On Her Majesty's Secret Service - it looks insane! The flecks in Live and Let Die do look a lot like the ones in DS Mystery, good one! :)

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  7. Oh wow, that red is amazing! Think it may have to be on my to-buy list! Love it :)

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    1. I'm such a fan of red, and this collection has 3 reds - I'll probably end up with all of them haha :\

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    1. It's insane in person, it literally glows!

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  9. Love! I think that red will be my new favourite colour.

    Also, randomly, I have a shirt with sequins on it the exact colours of the Living Daylights one...and omen perhaps?

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    1. That shirt sounds awesome, seriously. The colours in The Living Daylights are basically my favourite colours at the moment...

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  10. Cool, I had no idea about this collection! And I just added you on instagram! I love food and nail pics...which is just like mine too (sandipalien)

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    1. Added you back! My dream is to have an Instagram feed where all I go is scroll down and like every single picture endlessly... at the moment I have the quality, but I really need the quantity ;)

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  11. I'm going to be an uber-nerd and get the ones with the names of the theme songs that I liked. Too bad there's no View to a Kill...

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    1. Haha that's what the boyfriend did - he was all over Live and Let Die!

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  12. Love! Not sure about Die Another Day though. Everything else will be mine :) The red looks gorgeous on you!

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    1. I get the feeling that there'll be a red/plum to suit every skin tone in this collection :)

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    1. I keep trying to work out which colours in the collection I can do without, but I keep seeing them from different angles and have to reconsider... I'll have to wait for more swatches or see them in person to decide I guess!

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  14. Oooh! I am already in LOVE with The Living Daylights!

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    1. It's so gorgeous! I'm definitely going to use that a lot more, especially now that PVA base makes glitter removal so much easier :)

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  15. I really like Live and Let Die. Your nails look really great! :)

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    1. Thanks! Live and Let Die is incredibly pretty.

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  16. Live and let die is gorgeous, I think I *need* that one LOL - thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hate to be an enabler, but yes, you probably need it! ;)

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  17. OH MY GOODNESS. You are such an enabler. ;) LOL. I am dyyyyyyying for all of them! My bank account is going to be very sad around the time that these come out. I can't wait to go and drool over them in DJs... and then buy online. LOL.

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    1. My bank account is going to hate me too... I'm going to have zero self control when I see the other polishes!

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  18. I'm so jelly! I want them all!

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    1. It's so gorgeous, and the formula is to die for!

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  20. I guess I'm the only living woman on the planet who doesn't like huge, multicolored glitter? There, I said it and I'm proud. Sort of. I love the red and the navy(?), tho. ^^

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    1. I generally don't like shiny multicoloured glitter on my nails (makes me feel way too conspicuous) but matte is a different story!

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  21. I want Live And Let Die even more now I've seen that swatch! Gorgeous polish.

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    1. I didn't think it would be so lovely from the mock-ups in the press release, but in person it's AMAZING.

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  22. Die another day is such a sexy red it's gorgeous, and Live and let die I'd like to have in my collection just for the name :)

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    1. It's great when a collection has so many must-haves :)

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  23. i hope it's ok michelle but i've linked this post from my blog for the swatches... if it's a problem, let me kno and i'll take it off :) xxx

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  24. Oh wow... I love all these 3 polishes. I am also a big Bond fan so will have to get the collection, I hope they bring out mini ones.

    Does live and let die remind you of models own ibiza mix?

    Thanks for this post!

    Cath x

    squaremarshmallow.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Living Daylights has more muted colours than Ibiza Mix, plus it has only one size of glitter. I think Ibiza Mix might be more along the lines of Rainbow Connection :)

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  25. Oh PLEEEEEASE let us get these in New Zealand!!! Plus, you have beauuuutiful nails!!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm not sure, but I think they'll turn up at your OPI stockist :)

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  26. Living daylights is the one for me!

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    1. It's incredibly pretty, one of my favourite glitter topcoats ever!

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  27. The glitters are so eye catching and tempting to buy! Really loving the Teal hex there! Looking forward to this collection!

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    1. I love the teal too... I wish there was more of it!

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  28. I was just wondering - what matte topcoat do you use? I've been on the lookout for a good one for a while and perhaps one that is available in Australia may be readily available here in New Zealand?!

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    1. I use Rimmel Lycra Pro Mattifying Top coat - I've heard mixed reviews but my bottle is excellent! :)

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  29. I was in search for swatches snd came along your blog. Beautiful swatches and love your nails too. Just wanted to say 'hi'. Because we have the same name and my cat's name is 'Muffin'! True story!

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  30. I want "Live and Let Die". It is right up my ally! Your nails look wonderful.

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    1. Thanks! Live and Let Die is beautiful :)

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  31. Wow! Firstly: I'm going to follow you on instagram as I'm a nail polish junkie and am just starting to learn nail art.
    Secondly: I never thought of putting a matte top coat over glitter! I have to try this NOW! Haha

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    1. Thanks! Comment so I know who you are :)

      I put matte on everything haha, I'm a matte fiend!

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  32. I know I wanted Live And Let Die, but the red looks so gorgeous, that I am going to add this to my wishlist as well :)

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  33. I agree with you on how difficult it is to pinpoint the exact color. To me it looks like that impossibly dark forest khaki green in the bottle but on the nail it's black with the faintest golden shimmer hardly perceptible but does it ever glow in the sunlight! I have had this polish in my collection for some time but had not swatched it until today (2014-02-24) (I'm Susiepup on Instagram if you want to see the pic) and I also was so mystified by the great one coat coverage that I gave it a second coat. Now I'm debating if it even needs a topcoat and if yes, should I use a glitter or do the matte as is suggested by some of your replies on this board. Awesome color by OPI. Great formula.

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